Fall 2022 Convocation:
“Thriving is Our Goal”

Watch Our 2020 Fall Convocation Recap!

American Baptist College students, faculty, and staff came together on September 13 to formally celebrate the academic year at Fall Convocation. The Convocation theme was “Engaging Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership.” 

In his opening remarks, President Forrest Harris encouraged everyone to think big. “Thriving is our goal for the 2022-2023 academic year,” he said. “We will not think of ABC as too small to implement big ideas.”

The keynote address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Johnny Flakes III, senior pastor of Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, Ga., and a member of the ABC Board of Trustees. The Flakes family was thanked at Convocation for their recent $10,000 gift to the College – part of a $100,000 pledge made by his later father, Rev. J.H. Flakes Jr.

Flakes also had a challenge for students: “As we begin this new academic year, I encourage each of you to engage, to recommit. You are not to withdraw from your responsibilities. I challenge you in this academic year to trust in the Lord.”

The Convocation exercise concluded with a new tradition, the new student pinning ceremony, as well as the lighting of the flame.

“So much has tried to put this flame out in the history of the world,” said President Harris. “Every student who has joined or returned to our learning community this year represents this light never being burned out.”

Watch the entire Fall Convocation here.

Students Recognized for Academic Success

Fifteen ABC students were recognized during Convocation for their academic achievements in the Spring 2022 semester. Congratulations to the following:


Students who completed 12 or more credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.75 or above.

Yvonne Equakun

Terrence Hailey 

Hamonie Hall

Danielle Nelson 

Reginald Williams 

Cyrus Wilson


Students who completed 12 or more credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.50-3.74.

Sydney Arnold

Keith Bell

Caleb Fernander

Dominick Holland

Jeremiah Jackson

Justin Jackson

Lamon Jackson

Krinson Robinson

LaShondria Snipes

ABC Welcomes Tennessee
Independent Colleges

Facilities and operations professionals from colleges throughout the state gathered at ABC this month to discuss ways to keep campuses healthy and safe. American Baptist College is one of 34 organizational members of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association and we were honored to host our colleagues here on the Holy Hill.

Your Vote Matters … Register Now!

As part of its commitment to Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership (S.E.A.L.), American Baptist College always has encouraged our students and others to exercise their right to vote.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. If you’re not already registered to vote, visit to learn what you need to do to ensure your voice is heard.

Providing Services to Meet
Students' Needs

Students are back on campus this fall and so are some of the services that make college feel like home.

The Flame Café provides home-cooked meals for students, faculty, staff, and guests five days a week. Located in the Lewis and Scruggs Conference Center, The Flame is open for lunch and dinner.

The ABC student shuttle operates three days a week and offers free transportation to several Nashville destinations.
Follow @abcedu1924 on Instagram for more details. 

ABC “Kicks” Off Freestyle Friday!

The ABC campus wrapped up the last full week of summer with Freestyle Friday on September 16. The event, coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement and Formation, included music, food, and socializing for students, faculty, and staff, and a lively kickball game with students from ABC and Tennessee State.

“The energy made the Holy Hill live into her past and the emerging,” said Director of Student Engagement and Formation William Green. “I wonder what the possibilities are of the largest Nashville HBCU teaming with the smallest in size, but BIG otherwise. ‘Holy’ may take on a broader and more inclusive meaning.”

Supporting ABC Allows Us to Offer Students a Unique Opportunity to Achieve Academic Success

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S.E.A.L. Bookshelf

ABC's innovative S.E.A.L. (Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership) Initiative uses an interdisciplinary and justice-lens approach to weave applied scholarship, biblical liberation ethics, and theology to achieve justice outcomes for the well-being of oppressed communities. ABC's Chief of Staff and Vice President of Institutional Strategy, Phyllis Hildreth, recommends the following titles to further enhance your understanding of essential S.E.A.L. concepts:

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Barbara Ransby, 2003)

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, 2017)

Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence (Chad Williams, Kidada E. Williams, Keisha N. Blain, 2016)

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century (Alice Wong, 2020)

We Remember

James Eugene Se’Bree
December 5, 1975-August 27, 2022

ABC alumnus (2009) and associate minister at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church, Nashville, TN
Earl Livingston Wade, II
September 24, 1940 - August 27, 2022

ABC alumnus and retired director of the ABC Extension Center in Jackson, TN
Paul Kwami
March 14, 1952 - September 10, 2022

Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, ABC colleague, Fisk graduate, and friend to all

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American Baptist College has survived and thrived for 97 years. Established out of a desire to train African American preachers, it now is a full-fledged Historically Black College/University and offers both Associate's and Bachelor's degrees. Nestled on the “Holy” Hill in North Nashville, this College is a treasured institution in teaching, guiding and developing leaders of social change for the 21st century and beyond. Our work places a SEAL (Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership) on the world. 
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